Archives for December 4, 2017
Families in 52 communities throughout British Columbia will benefit from 103 projects that will create more than 3,800 child-care spaces. This $33-million investment is focusing on areas of greatest need, including infant and toddler spaces; spaces on school grounds or co-located in a community hub; inclusive spaces in child-development centres; Indigenous child-care spaces; and employer-based spaces. More than half of these spaces are being delivered by non-profit organizations, and 20% are from Indigenous child-care providers.
A hockey game, a criminal trial decision in Penticton, a death of some one we know, a fire, a benefit, a student profile, a concert, and, and, and….. it is endless and keeps changing.
ODN is not about the arts even though we try to do our best to cover the flavor, the photography, the graphic art, the music, the young ones on the way up…
ODN is NOT June Hook – ( I knew and loved her….. and the family )
Oliver Daily News cannot be the leader in news and information without the active partnership of so many contributors, tipsters, those that comment, friends and yes those that think Oliver cannot be left with only one source of information.
At this time of the year let us reflect on what is in place: thank God for Ali Lantz (SOSS), Roy Wood – town council guy, the many photographers and those that send great weekly stories like Pat Whalley, Brenda Shaw, Joseph Seiler, Henry Wiebe, Kandice Davidson and old Fred Steele (still sittin’ on his tractor). And many more contributors.
We try to do our best with what we have.
Tommy (Tom) Szajko (Thomas Geza) was the recipient of a medal of bravery from the Governor General in 1995 for awakening five residents of a home that was on fire, and re-entering the house after hearing another person crying for help.
He died at home last Friday. RCMP will only say the matter is in the hands of the Coroner’s Service.
Szajko – December 9, 1967 – December 1, 2017
Tommy is also connected to another story, recently…. involving a former friend – Afshin Maleki Ighani
Thomas Geza Szajko, a resident of a house on Tulameen Avenue in Oliver was surrounded by heavily armed RCMP officers April 19, 2017 and was the victim of a gunshot wound from an incident that evening.
Afshin Maleki Ighani is accused of shooting Szajko with a handgun and has since been charged with attempted murder.
RCMP swarmed the area around Szajko’s home, believing Ighani was holed up in a motorhome on the property. After discovering the trailer was empty, Ighani was the subject of a Canada-wide arrest warrant, ultimately captured in Princeton on the weekend following.
Ighani has a history of run-ins with the law, including two deportation orders, those currently going through the courts. Ighani is also accused of possessing cocaine according to court documents.
We didn’t count the vehicles however, we did serve up over 350 breakfasts.
We had over 20 volunteer firefighters and an Oliver Ambassador in attendance. We had apples donated by BC Tree Fruits, an advertising sign donated by OK Tire, Grimm’s Fine Foods supplied the ham and we received ongoing support from Oliver’s Buy-Low Store.
I think the biggest thank-you goes out the residents of Oliver and the generosity that they continually show in support of their community.
Oliver Fire Department
(Madam Justice Alison J. Beames (Kelowna) •Appointed to Supreme Court August 7, 1996)
Supreme Court Penticton – Monday December 4th –
A 26 year old Oliver man has been found not guilty of criminal charges involving a minor in a BC courtroom.
The young man, who can only be identified as T.B. due to a publication ban, was acquitted by Justice Alison Beames due to inconsistencies in the evidence of the now 15-year-old complainant.
Justice Beames said the Crown has failed to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt.
Beames said the relationship between T.B. (age 20 at the time of the charges being laid) and the complainant (age 9 – then), was unusually close – enough to raise suspicions. But she said suspicion is not enough to convict.
The incidents in question took place in 2011 and 2012. The fathers of the complainant and the accused were best friends.
T.B. has always denied anything sexual ever took place. The court heard he approached the police to give his side of the story after hearing a rumour circulating that he had molested the boy. He was willing to testify in two separate trials. The first trial decision overturned by the BC court of appeal.
He was acquitted Monday on three criminal charges – authorized by the crown.
” After 6 years of this – let’s hope this kid can get his life back..” defence lawyer Don Skogstad told reporters outside the courtroom.
To state the obvious…. the family of the complainant was not happy with the court’s decision.
From Jan. 12, 2017, to June 30, 2017, there were 29 incidents of inmate-on-inmate assaults at the Okanagan Correctional Centre.
From Jan. 12, 2017, to June 30, 2017, there were five incidents of inmate-on-staff assaults at the Okanagan Correctional Centre.
Staff assaults are defined as any violent incident that results in some degree of intentional physical contact or force such as throwing items, spitting, scratching, pushing or hitting. Correctional centres track every incident of violence, including those with no physical contact and those that may result in no or minor injuries.
BC Corrections’ top priority is the safety of its staff, the community and the inmates in its custody. BC Corrections does not tolerate violent incidents – each one is reviewed and, where appropriate, reported to police, and inmates may be charged internally or face criminal charges. Our staffing model is based on flexibility and movement, with inmates housed in living units appropriate to their risk assessments, and staffing levels are set accordingly. Security measures, building designs, information-sharing, good case management and staffing models all contribute to the safe management of inmates and the protection of staff. Correctional officers are supported at all times by other officers, program staff and supervisors present on the living units, as well as by officers in control rooms and through the use of technology.
Since January 2017, there have been 76 incidents involving contraband drugs and 15 incidents involving contraband weapons at the Okanagan Correctional Centre. These numbers represent all incidents of confirmed and/or suspected contraband, including incidents where contraband was suspected but not necessarily found. Notably, these incidents also represent contraband that has been intercepted before entering the secure perimeter, so they do not reflect the number of times inmates may have had access to drugs and/or weapons.
Source: BC Corrections
Source: Permission granted by Penticton Herald
Some information from the Penticton Herald appears here on ODN as part of a professional relationship between editors.
Dave Mattes with Mayor Ron Hovanes Saturday evening. Mattes’ vote count (365) almost the same as the next three candidates combined (366).
Mattes told ODN he was please to see the hard work of all the candidates. Only four of eight candidates showed for the vote count: Mattes, Aimee Grice, Peter McKenna and Pat Hampson. With 811* votes cast it was considered a good turnout. In a by-election in 2013 only 767 people voted. That was about 22 percent of the possible voters. In a general election turn out can range from 30 to 60 percent depending on a race for the mayor’s chair or a referendum question of great importance to the community.
In 2013 Linda Larson stepped down as Councillor to be replaced by Larry Schwartzenberger.
In 2017 Jack Bennest stepped down as Councillor to be replaced by Dave Mattes
Mattes – 365
Grice – 197
McKenna – 101
Hampson – 68
Don Lawlor – 52
Susan Kosola – 15
Charles Pollard – 8
Lutz Stelzner – 5
811* votes cast